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Healthy Food News: Try an olive oil spread instead of butter - By J.C. Carroll (NC) - Health Canada reminds us frequently that the "good" fats - as in olive oil and fish oil - are an important part of a healthy diet. The right oils, they say, are a primary source of essential fatty acids, which help the body absorb Vitamins A, D, and E.
"Olive oil is queen of the beneficial monounsaturates," says Peter Carter with the Olive Lea line of butter and margarine alternatives. "Studies, posted by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, have shown that olive oil tends to offer protection against heart disease by controlling LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels, while raising HDL ("good") cholesterol. Nutritionists tell us that olive oil may be the best oil source of health promoting, oleic acid."
"The motivation for producing a high quality, olive oil spread, arose when we found that more and more people want to do something good for their bodies every day," Carter explained, "and those people are looking for a healthier substitute for butter and for overly processed margarine. Now, we are happy to report that Olive Lea is a No. 1 best seller in home base Australia - where it's called Olive Grove - and that is due to its health benefits, to its mild gourmet taste, and to the convenience as a soft spread. Safeway is the first to sell Olive Lea in Canada." Use it in recipes too
As an every day, positive measure towards healthy living, you'll find that one of the bonuses of keeping a good quality, olive oil spread handy, is its versatility when cooking and baking, and as a tasty ingredient in favourite recipes. Olive oil's delicate flavour compliments many meals.
The success of Olive Lea in Australia is also due to its high content of premium olive oil. "It's the highest on the market," said Carter, "and the four varieties give consumers a choice. The Classic Spread line for example, is made from 20% pure olive oil; the Extra Virgin Spread and the Extra Virgin Avocado Oil Spread has 24% pure oil; and the Light Flavour Spread delivers 17.5% pure olive oil." Olive Lea has a shelf life of up to a year and consumers can find it in the refrigerator section of Safeway.
Place fillets in a large shallow dish.Combine Olive Lea Spread, Lemon Juice, Worcestershire sauce, salt, paprika and red pepper in a saucepan; cook, stirring constantly, until Olive Lea Spread melts. Pour marinade over fish. Cover; marinate 1 hour in refrigerator, turning once.
Drain fillets, reserving marinade; place fillets in a fish basket. Grill over hot coals 5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork, basting often with marinade.
Serving Size: Makes 6 Servings
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